Pictish animal art by Calgacus

Acrylic on canvas

Pictish animal designs from the standing stones of Scotland brought to life in acrylic paints.

before Scotland was called scotland by the invaders it was called Pictland, the Picts claimed to be the original, most ancient race of Britain, their symbology certainly supports their bold assertions of uniqueness . Here are some Pictish animal designs from the surviving standing stones of Scotland. homegrown symbols which contributed to the international Celtic art-scene that sparkled across europe


  • Deborah Holman
    Deborah Holmanalmost 7 years ago

    Ooh I love it Pictish animals in colour, good job :o))

  • thanksvmuch deborah, i am honoured indeed by your fovouritism having oft gawked in wonderment at those coloured-pencil celtic visions of yours

    – Calgacus

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 7 years ago

    Fantastical and whimsical and enjoyable to wonder at.

  • thanks larry, those adjectives describe perfectly how i feel gazing upon the Pictish originals carved in stone some two thousand years ago

    – Calgacus

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenalmost 7 years ago

    Great picture…you have a unique style, it’s cool.

  • ashroc
    ashrocalmost 7 years ago

    love the design, beautiful colours too!

  • Robert O'Neill
    Robert O'Neillalmost 7 years ago

    Great to see you bringing Pictish/Caledonian art to a wider audience. People are familiar with the Celtic stuff, but I think the Caledonians had a unique touch to their work.

  • cheers rob, it will not surprise you that i agree, i love the celtic style, but yes i also like to see the early pictish stones free of the knotwork and continental themes, leaving the sheer simplistic mastery of the caledonian symbols.

    – Calgacus

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 6 years ago

    such really meaningful and wonderful work. I love looking through your stunning art

  • thanks T, i also enjoying journeying through your spiritual pathways of artistry

    – Calgacus

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 6 years ago

    you have an interesting mind/love it

  • cheers indeed Shanghaiwu

    – Calgacus

  • John Nelson
    John Nelsonover 6 years ago

    Matthew you have a wonderful talent and an amazing vision in all of your works

  • thanksverymuch john for that

    – Calgacus

  • shanmclean
    shanmcleanover 6 years ago

    beautiful image! i love all the different layers

  • ZazaLogik
    ZazaLogikover 6 years ago

    Lovely colours and composition.

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